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January 2018
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Featured Items 
Year One
by Nora Roberts

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana. Some of it is unimaginably evil. As word spreads that no one is safe from the authorities who patrol the streets, Lana and her boyfriend Max make their way out of New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
Obama: An Intimate Portrait
by Pete Souza

Showcases iconic photographs from President Obama's two terms as president, sharing both classified and candid pictures, including an image of the president and his advisers during the bin Laden mission, family photographs, and his interactions with world leaders.
Promise Me, Dad
by Joe Biden
November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and over-scheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. "Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word.

by Brandon Sanderson
In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new desolation with the return of the Voidbringers. Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be justified. Nestled in the mountains in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. Dalinar realizes that his mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together, and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past, even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

Enchantress of Numbers
by Jennifer Chiaverini

The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada's father, who was infamously mad, bad, and dangerous to know, Ada's mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada's mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination or worse yet, passion or poetry is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes. When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage will shape her destiny. Intrigued by the prototype of his first calculating machine, the Difference Engine, and enthralled by the plans for his even more advanced Analytical Engine, Ada resolves to help Babbage realize his extraordinary vision, unique in her understanding of how his invention could transform the world. 
The Girl in the Tower
by Katherine Arden
The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home--but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.
Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks
by Stephen Davis
Top rock journalist and biographer Davis chronicles the life of gold-dusted Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and solo-career fame, with topics ranging from the affairs that inspired her greatest songs to her various drug dependencies.
A Darker Sea
 by James L. Haley
At the opening of the War of 1812, the British control the most powerful navy on earth, and Americans are again victims of piracy. Commander Bliven Putnam, late of the Battle of Tripoli, is dispatched to Charleston to outfit and take command of a new 20-gun brig, the USS Tempest. Later, aboard the Constitution, he sails into the furious early fighting of the war. Prowling the South Atlantic in the Tempest, Bliven takes prizes and disrupts British merchant shipping, until he is overhauled, overmatched, and disastrously defeated by the frigate HMS Java. Its captain proves to be Lord Arthur Kington, whom Bliven had so disastrously met in Naples. On board he also finds his old friend Sam Bandy, one of the Java's pressed American seamen kidnapped into British service. Their whispered plans to foment a mutiny among the captives may see them hang, when the Constitution looms over the horizon for one of the most famous battles of the War of 1812 in a gripping, high-wire conclusion.  
The Revolution of 
Marina M.
by Janet Fitch
Marina Makarova, a young woman of privilege coming of age in 1916 St. Petersburg, finds her life and ambitions upended by historical events that find her joining the cause for workers' rights, falling in love with a radical poet, and navigating devastating betrayals.
Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back 
from the Brink
by Anthony McCarten
May, 1940. Britain is at war. The horrors of blitzkrieg have seen one western European democracy after another fall in rapid succession to Nazi boot and shell. Invasion seems mere hours away.  Just days after becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must deal with this horror-as well as a skeptical King, a party plotting against him, and an unprepared public. Pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, how could he change the mood and shore up the will of a nervous people?
Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years
by Christopher Frayling
On New Year's Day 1818, Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein was first published in an anonymous three-volume edition of 500 copies. Some thought the book was too radical in its implications; a few found the central theme intriguing; no-one predicted its success.Since then, there have been many, many adaptations--120 films alone, at the last count--on screen, stage, in novels, comics and graphic novels, and in advertisements. 

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Library Closures

All Northwest Regional Library System locations will be closed on the following dates:

January 1st                 New Years Day
January 15th             Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Dash the Robot's Obstacle Course Challenge
Bay County Public Library
January 29th and 30th @ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

During this 2 day program students will work in teams to learn the basics of coding using the Blockly programming language and will plan, code, and operate a Dash robot to successfully travel through an obstacle course.  Limited to 8 students (8 - 11 years of age). Please register by visiting the library or calling Youth Services at 850-522-2118.
Youth Classes @ Your Library

Bay County Public Library

Book Babies (0 - 17 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.

Terrific Tots (18 - 36 months with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.

Read Rock & Rhyme (3 - 5 year olds with caregiver) 
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.

Sunshine State Book Club (Elementary Students) 
Saturday, January 13th @ 2:00 p.m.
This month, we will discuss Teddy Mars by Molly Burnham and My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons!   

Time Travelers Homeschool History Club (Grades 3 +) 
Friday, January 19th  @ 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Full Facts about United States Presidents! For more information, call 850-522-2118.

Teddy Bear Sleepover
Tuesday, January 30th @ 6:00 p.m.
Wear your pajamas and bring your special stuffed animal for bedtime stories.  Leave your bear for a sleepover at the library! Pick up the next day along with a photo of all the mischief that happened during the night. Families welcome!

Teens having fun during Library Lions Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library 

Book Babies (0 - 4 years with caregiver) 
Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m. 

Beach Kids (5 + years) 
Wednesdays @ 3:00 p.m. 
Join us each Wednesday for a fun S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and/or Mathematics) program. Registration required. Call 850-233-5055 to register. 

Storytime Saturdays (4 + years) 
January 6th and 13th @ 10:00 a.m.  

Homeschool Kids Book Club (9 - 12 years) 
Saturday, January 27th at 10:00 a.m.   

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Tuesday Tales (0 - 3 years with caregiver) 
Tuesday mornings @ 10:30 a.m. 

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka 

Budding Bookworms (3 - 6 years)
Mondays @ 3:30 p.m. 
Stories, rhymes, and songs!  Science Seed will take place during the January 8th class.  

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead (7 - 10 years)
Tuesday, January 16th @ 3:30 p.m. 
All things S.T.E.A.M. and includes hands on activities.

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m. 

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol 

Toddler Tales! (0 - 4 years)
Mondays  @ 10:30 a.m. 

Minecraft Builders Club
Wednesdays @ 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Come socialize, play, trade strategies and ideas to advance your game or help others!
Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries Annual Membership Meeting
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, January 9th @ 6:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited! The musical entertainment for the evening will be performed by the  Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews . Agenda items include approval of proposed changes to the bylaws and election to the 2018 Board of Directors. Light refreshments will be provided. Free to attend. For more information, call 850-522-2120.
Books & Bites: Milinda Jay Workshop

Bay County Public Library
Friday, January 19th @ 2:00 p.m. 

Milinda Jay Stephenson, author and Creative Writing Professor at FSU Panama City, is teaching a Writing Your Family Story workshop at the library. Annie Laura's Triumph, Milinda Jay's family-story-turned-fiction, was published in 2016 by Mercer University Press. Light refreshments provided. The workshop is free and open to the public. Bring paper and pencil.

Program sponsored by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.
Book & Film Clubs

STEAM & Culture 
Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, January 2nd @ 6:00 p.m.
Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People by Camille DeAngelis

STEAM Book Club meets every 1st Tuesday of the month. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

History Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:00 p.m.
The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

History Book Club meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

BCPL Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Thursday, January 11th @ 10 a.m.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

The BCPL Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. For more information, please call 850-522-2107.

Library Lions Teen Book Club
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, January 30 @ 4 p.m.
Genre: Fantasy

No assigned book! Middle and High School students. For more information, please call 850-522-2114.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series
Bay County Public Library
Tuesday, January 16th  @ 5:30 p.m.
Film: The Help 
Book: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Beyond the Lens: Book and Film Series meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month.  For more information, please call 850-522-2107.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Film Fan Club
Bay County Public Library
Wednesday, January 24th @ 5:30 p.m.
Film:  Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure  (1989) Rated PG

Hang out and watch cult classic movies at the library every fourth Wednesday of the month.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries.

Beach Book Club
Panama City Beach Public Library
Wednesday, January 3rd @ 10:30 a.m.  
Moving Day by Jonathan Stone

The Beach Book Club meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-233-5055.

Springfield Library Book Club
Springfield Public Library
Thursday, January 18th @ 1:00 p.m.
If I Run by Terri Blackstock

NEW!! For more information, please call 850-872-7510.

Library Book Club
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
Monday, January 22nd @ 10:30 a.m.
Everything I Never Told You  by Celeste Ng

The Library Book Club usually meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 850-229-8879.
Classes and Programs @ Your Library

Panama City Beach Public Library

Sea Needles
January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th @ 10 a.m.
Bring your needlework crafts to work on at the library. Sea Needles meets every Friday at 10 a.m.

Adult Scrapbooking
Saturday, January 13th @ 1:00 p.m.
Join us for adult scrapbooking. Feel free to bring your own supplies.

Short Story Writing Workshop
Tuesday, January 9th @ 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to write short stories. Registration required for multi-session class. Call 850-233-5055 for more information.

Memoir Writing Workshop
Thursday, January 18th @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn how to write your memoirs. Registration required for multi-session class. Call 850-233-5055 for more information.

Adult Coloring at the Library
Monday, January 29th @ 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a relaxing morning to color!

Bay County Public Library

Friday ColorFest
Friday, January 5th @ 9:00 - 11 a.m.
Adult Coloring supplies provided for a relaxing morning.  NEW addition to Friday ColorFest is that you can now bring your knitting, sketchbook, or craft projects to work on at the library!

Ukulele Social Club
Saturday, January 6th @ 1o:00 a.m.
The first part of the class is for beginner basics. The second part if for jammin'! We will have a few loaner instruments available but you are encouraged to bring your own. Ukulele Social Club meets the first Saturday of the month from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Bonjour! Basic French Class
Monday, January 8th @ 6:00 p.m.
Learn basic conversational French! No previous knowledge required. 

Beginning Dulcimer
Friday, January 26th @ 1:00 p.m.
Bring your mountain dulcimer for a beginner lesson! Not sure what a dulcimer is? You are welcome to sit in on the class to listen or try an instrument.  

Parker Public Library

Adult Coloring at the Library
Thursdays @ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Drop by anytime on Thursdays to color!

Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford

Craft Day
Thursdays @ 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Drop by anytime on Thursdays to share your craft and your company.

Family Game Nights
Monday, January 22nd @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Every 4th Monday of the month. Show your skills and make new friends as we enjoy playing Pictionary, board games, and Bingo!

Harrell Memorial Public Library in Bristol

Game Day at the Library
Wednesday, January 10th @ 11:00 a.m.
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Show your skills and make new friends as we enjoy playing Pictionary, board games, and Bingo!

Smoking Cessation Class
Monday, January 22nd @ 5 p.m.
Trying to quit a nicotine product? Smoking Cessation Classes meet at the library every fourth Monday of the month.

Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka

Family Search
Explore your family's genealogy every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe

Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews Concert
Saturday, January 20th @ 12:00 p.m. ET
Can't help but smile when you hear the ukulele. Come join us for a fun, hour-long concert!

Get in the Game!
Thursdays @ 2:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Bring your favorite games and friends or play one of our games and make new friends! Come join in the fun!
Mary Zahner Artist Talk

Bay County Public Library
Friday, January 12th @ 2:00 p.m.

Art Quilts by Mary Zahner will be on display in the library throughout the month of January 2018. Learn more about her work and how unique different and beautiful art quilts can can be during her Artist Talk in the library meeting room. Program is free and open to the public.
Panama City Beach Public Library
January Giveaways 
Cozy Mysteries Basket
During the month of January, every adult who checks out five or more items will be eligible for a chance to win a basket of cozy mysteries, novel teas, and a mug. Fight the winter blues with a cozy mystery and tea!

Kid's Books & Hot Chocolate Basket
During the month of January, every child who checks out five or more items will be eligible for a chance to win a basket of kid's books, hot chocolate, and a snowman mug. Who doesn't love hot chocolate?
New E-books and Downloadable Audiobooks @ Your Library

We recently added new items to our digital collection, including: 

Turtles All The Way Down
by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Someone to Wed
by Mary Balogh

A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Hold. When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can't afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life... A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate-and oh-so-dashing-earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past...

The Saboteur
by Paul Kix

In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, which illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II-Robert de La Rochefoucald, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur-and his daring exploits as a résistant trained by Britain's Special Operations Executive.

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